Face 2018-03-09T14:49:25+00:00

Brow Lift, Facelift, Eyelid Surgery, Neck Lift and More By Dr. Doherty

A face is the first thing people see when they meet you. Dr. Sean Doherty offers such plastic surgery procedures as facelift, and brow lift, all designed to give a patient a youthful, proportionate face.

Brow Lift

Some patients feel they look tired, angry, or upset when in fact they are not. Age can cause thick and heavy lines to occur and remain in the forehead area. A brow lift is a surgical procedure to correct deep frown lines, horizontal forehead creases, and droopy eyebrows.

The face is a complex interconnection of muscles. During a surgical consultation, Dr. Doherty will examine the underlying cause of the forehead wrinkles and determine whether a brow lift or another form of cosmetic treatment is appropriate. In certain cases, the effect of a brow lift can be magnified by combining it with other procedures, such as a facelift, eyelid surgery laser resurfacing or neurotoxin (Botox® or Dysport™ injections).

The Brow Lift Procedure

Dr. Doherty utilizes a traditional open incision brow lift. An incision is placed across the scalp. Through this incision, Dr Doherty will lift and alter the tissues beneath the skin of the forehead. Sutures may be used to secure the eyebrows into a higher position.

After your brow lift is complete, patients will find that their face has a naturally rested, refreshed look. Some patients may have numbness along the incision and into the scalp. This can last up to a year after surgery but typically resolves. To find out if brow lift is the right choice for you contact the office of Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Doherty today to schedule a consultation.

Face Lift

A patient’s face is an essential representation of who they are. Facial appearance aids in recognition, non-verbal communication, and first impressions of identity and personality. Facial aging will alter facial appearance and perhaps effect how a face is represented. Signs of facial aging are jowls, flattened cheeks, and sagging skin, a facelift at the for patients who this is bothersome, Boston-area plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Doherty may be able to  help turn back the clock.

Facelift Procedure

The facelift procedure is also known as a rhytidectomy. The surgical plan depends largely on the individual features and goals of the patient. In general, the incision for a facelift begins within the hairline above each ear and continues around and behind the ear.

Dr. Doherty will reposition the muscles and other underlying facial soft tissues to smooth the face’s architecture into a more youthful appearance. This type of facelift is effective in creating a long-lasting youthful appearance compared with other surgical procedures where only the skin was tightened.

The facelift procedure is often combined with fat grafting.  Harvesting one’s own fat and injecting it to improve the volume loss that comes with age in the face is hugely successful.  During a facelift, fat can be injected into the cheeks, nasiolabial folds and in the perioral area with excellent results.

After a facelift, patients will commonly experience a moderate amount of swelling and bruising. These effects will go away in two to three weeks. During the post operative time, patients should avoid alcohol, heavy housework, pools and saunas. About two weeks after the facelift procedure, most patients are able to return to their jobs and enjoy their everyday activities.

If you would like to take advantage of the fresh new look attainable through a facelift contact Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Doherty today to schedule a consultation.

Neck Lift

Coupled with the face, the neck is in the most visible part of the body, therefore aging related changes are difficult to conceal. If you are bothered by any of the following conditions, then a neck lift may be right for you:

  • Excess loose skin and fatty tissue of the neck
  • “Skin bands” which run from beneath your chin to your lower neck
  • A poorly defined chin-neck angle
  • Decreased definition of the jaw line

The type of procedure recommended for your neck lift will depend on several factors, including the degree of skin excess and laxity, presence of fatty tissue, and your goals for neck rejuvenation. Below are the procedures used for neck rejuvenation and the specific indications for each procedure:

Neck and Chin Liposuction

Two of the defining features of a youthful face are a well-defined jaw line and a pleasing angle where the neck and chin meet. Chin and neck fullness or a poorly defined jaw line can create the illusion of excess weight or premature aging.

If you are not pleased with the loss of definition in your jaw line, chin, and neck area, liposuction may be able to improve the appearance of these areas. This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure best suited if you have excess fatty tissue of the neck, but minimal excess neck skin. Through three small, well-concealed incisions, the fatty tissue is removed by use of a specialized suction device. Click here to read more about the liposuction procedure.

Facelift To Improve Neck Contour

Patients who have a droopy chin and neck due to the presence of excess skin may wish to undergo a combined neck and facelift. Through a single surgical procedure, Boston plastic surgeon Sean Doherty can achieve dramatic improvements in neck contour, jaw line definition, and facial firmness.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Because they are the natural focal point of your face, your eyes are considered the best representation of you and your personality. As you age, sagging upper eyelids and baggy lower lids can make you appear tired, sad, and older than your true age. For some people, excess skin can even impair vision. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to lift droopy eyelids and remove excess skin around the eyes, resulting in eyes that look fresh, well-rested, and alert.

The Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Dr. Doherty will examine your eyes in a consultation prior to your surgery to determine the extent of surgery needed and the best technique to use.

Upper eyelids are treated through an incision that is made in the natural crease above the eye. Dr. Doherty removes the excess skin and fatty tissue before closing the incision. Since the incision is located inconspicuously, the scar is very hard to detect once healed.

If you need your lower eyelids corrected, Dr. Doherty will make an incision just below the lower eyelashes. Special adjustments may also be made at this point. For example, the fat beneath the eye can be redistributed to eliminate puffiness, bulges, or to improve the semicircular hollowing seen beneath the eye; in some patients, the underlying muscle will be tightened.

Dr. Doherty may decide that the best approach for removing fat from the lower eyelid is with a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. In this procedure, an incision is placed inside the lower eyelid. This technique requires no external incisions, but it cannot be used to remove excess skin. Patients may elect to have their eyelid surgery combined with a facelift or brow lift to maximize the rejuvenating effect.

To find out if plastic surgery such as blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, facelift, or brow lift is right for you is to contact Sean Doherty, MD. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Doherty, he will answer your questions and help you decide on an appropriate surgical plan.

Chin Surgery (Genioplasty)

Chin surgery, also called genioplasty, can dramatically improve the appearance of a weak chin or overly rounded face. The most common chin surgery procedure is augmentation with a chin implant, in which a custom-shaped piece of solid silicone is used to enhance the size and shape of the chin.

The Chin Surgery Procedure

During your consultation sessions with Dr. Doherty, you will discuss in detail what you want your chin to look like. Dr. Doherty will take precise measurements of your cheekbones and jaw to ensure that the final outcome is aesthetically pleasing. Then he will place  a solid piece of silicone as an implant  not that, unlike the silicone implants used for breast augmentation, the implants used for facial surgery are solid and firm to the touch.

To place the implant, Dr. Doherty will create a small incision near your chin. In most cases, he is able to make this incision inside your mouth to avoid scarring and lessen recovery time. The chin implant is placed inside a pocket in front of the jawbone and secured in place.  For some patients, the best option is an incision through the skin under the chin.  Dr. Doherty will work closely with you to determine the best surgical approach for you.

For several days after the surgery, your lower face may be swollen and somewhat bruised. You will need to eat and bathe carefully to protect your chin area. Dr. Doherty will be able to give you the best instructions for limiting exercise and activity, based on your lifestyle. As you heal, your new appearance will become apparent, and you can enjoy the confident, well-balanced face in the mirror from then on.

Please contact Sean Doherty, MD to schedule a consultation about chin surgery.



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